Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe will test the use of natural gas as a substitute for more costly diesel in its locomotives, according to media reports. "This could be a transformative event for our railroad," CEO Matt Rose told The Wall Street Journal in a Wednesday report. The big railroad would use liquefied natural gas, rather than compressed natural gas used in buses and light vehicles, because it offers considerably more range. Over-the-road trucking is moving into LNG for the same reason.
-- Jim Fuquay